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The IDSA Leadership Institute is a leadership and management training program designed exclusively for mid-career, infectious diseases and HIV specialists. The program begins with a two-and-a-half-day intensive investigation into the skills and practices of effective leaders in medical and nonmedical contexts.

Participants will join a community of ascending leaders, develop a personalized career plan, and work with their peers to draft a solution to a pressing leadership challenge within their place of employment.

Following the live training, participants will be expected to build on their shared experience by contributing to a remote learning community for one year following the Leadership Institute. Through this community, participants will engage in peer and near-peer mentoring, share challenges and successes concerning their career plans and leadership projects, and expand their professional networks.

Held in Arlington, VA, the IDSA Leadership Institute draws from the principles and best practices of adult education to help prepare the next generation of ID leaders for the opportunities to which they are likely to rise.


Who Should Apply

The IDSA 2019 Leadership Institute is intended for mid-career or senior physicians ascending into leadership roles within the near term or seeking to address areas of need in an existing leadership role. Unlike other physician-leader training programs, the IDSA Leadership Institute is intended specifically for infectious diseases and HIV specialists and the opportunities to which they are likely to ascend. Participants will learn with a community of their peers and exit the program with a robust network of likeminded professionals.

To learn more about the goals of the IDSA Leadership Institute, please see Program Information.

Eligibility Requirements

All Institute participants must meet the following criteria at the time of application:

• Active IDSA membership
• Engaged in clinical practice of infectious diseases, clinical or basic research, administration, teaching in infectious diseases, public health, or a related field as primary professional activity
• History of substantive service to the profession locally, regionally, or nationally
• Minimum of five years relevant professional experience
• Evidence of deep intellectual curiosity and growth mindset

It is important that our learning community represents the full diversity of the IDSA membership. As such, we strongly encourage women and individuals under-represented in medicine to apply.

Important Dates*

Application Opens: Fall 2019
*Application Deadline: Winter 2019
Selection Decisions Announced: January 2020

2019 Leadership Institute: Monday, May 6th, 2019 – Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

*Dates for the 2020 Leadership Institute are subject to change. 



Application Requirements

  • Applicants must submit a complete IDSA Leadership Institute Application, including:
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Personal Statement
    • Issue Statement
  • Applications must include one (1) letter of nomination
  • Applications must include two (2) recommendation forms

See “Nomination and Recommendations” for additional guidance.

How to Apply

All materials must be submitted via the IDSA: Application System. Interested individuals will need to create a new IDSA: Application System account. Your existing IDSA account information will not work.

IDSA does not accept applications or supporting materials via email, mail, or fax.

Program Goals

IDSA Leadership Institute participants will:
1. Join a cohort of ascending leaders working in infectious diseases and HIV.
2. Construct a plan to achieve long-term career goals.
3. Draft a project plan to meet a pressing leadership challenge within their place of employment.
4. Examine the skills and practices of effective leaders in medical and nonmedical contexts.
5. Develop fundamental medical and nonmedical business management skills.
6. Create ongoing mentoring relationships to support career development.
7. Increase self-awareness and evaluate their personal leadership style.
8. Enhance their cultural competency.
9. Enhance their emotional intelligence.
10. Acquire the skills and language to promote and advocate for the work of infectious diseases specialists in local, regional, and national contexts.

Program Schedule

Schedule is subject to change with or without notice

Day 1: Personal Leadership

  • Welcome and Orientation
  • Personal Leadership Investigation
  • Leadership Skills Inventory Workshop
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Performance Management
  • Career Plan Workshop
  • The Leadership Path - Panel Discussion

Day 2: Managing Teams

  • Your Personal-Best Leadership Project
  • Change Management
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Strategic Visioning
  • Leadership Project Workshop
  • Wellness and Burnout

Day 3: Accountability and Evaluation

  • Medical Finance: Essentials
  • Medical Finance: Learning Communities
  • Impactt of ID I: Making the Case for Infection Contol and Stewardship
  • Impact of ID II: Communicating Your Value and Success
  • What Comes Next?
  • Program Debrief

Continuing Education Credit

Additional information coming soon.


The IDSA Leadership Institute will be held in Arlington, VA. Accommodations are not included in the program fee. 


Is there an application fee?
There is no application fee. It is free to apply.

Is there a program fee?
The IDSA Leadership Institute program fee for 2019 is $1,895.00. While IDSA has worked diligently to partner with industry-leading curriculum consultants and subject matter experts, the 2019 IDSA Leadership Institute is considered a beta-launch. For this year, in exchange for a reduced course fee, participants will be asked for feedback on all aspects of the course throughout the program schedule. The program fee for 2020 has not been announced.

What is included in the program fee?

  1. Early-arrival reception optional
  2. Most meals*
  3. Certificate of Participation
  4. Institute materials
  5. CME and MOC Credit

*Participants will receive a list of provided meals upon acceptance.

The program fee does not include travel or hotel accommodations.

Does IDSA offer financial assistance?
IDSA has limited financial assistance available to participants. Assistance is intended only for those individuals who would otherwise be unable to participate in the Leadership Institute. Participants may receive a travel grant to help offset the cost of travel to and from Arlington, VA and/or a registration grant to help offset the fees associated with registration.

Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance must submit a Statement of Need with their application. Not everyone who applies for assistance will receive it. Final award amounts are determined by IDSA leadership based on the fund balance and number of awards requested. Those applicants selected to receive financial assistance will be notified with their final application decision.

To apply for assistance, complete the optional Financial Assistance Application within your Leadership Institute application.

When will I be charged?
Participants will be invoiced upon acceptance. Payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date. Failure to pay may result in disqualification.

Cancellation and Refunds

All cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing.

  1. Cancellation requests received on or before April 6th, 2019 will receive a full refund.
  2. Cancellation requests received on or between April 7th, 2019 and April 22nd, 2019 will received a refund equal to one-half the program fee.
  3. Cancellation requests receive on or after April 23rd, 2019 will not receive a refund.

Applicant Guidance

Applicants are required to secure one nomination and two recommendations to apply to the IDSA Leadership Institute. Applicants should carefully review the Nomination Guidance and Recommender Guidance prior to submitting a nomination or recommendation request.

Applicants initiate the nomination and recommendation process by starting and application and submitting an invitation to their nominator and recommenders via the application management system.

Nominations and recommendations must be received through the application management system. No other method of submission will be accepted. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential nominators and recommenders at least three weeks before the application deadline. Applications missing a nomination or recommendation will be marked as incomplete and disqualified from consideration.

What is the difference between a nomination and recommendation?

A nomination letter is written by a professional stakeholder capable of answering the guiding questions found under Nomination Guidance. An effective nomination letter not only endorses the candidate but identifies the obstacles and supports to receiving training that exist within the applicant’s professional environment.

A recommendation form is a collection of short answer questions completed by a professional, volunteer, or academic stakeholder capable of commenting on an applicant’s communication skills, intellectual ability, leadership skills, and motivation.

For additional information, please review our Nomination Guidance and Recommendation Guidance.


Nomination Guidance

Successful training programs do not begin or end with a single learning event. Meaningful change can only occur in the context of deliberate follow-up and ongoing, robust support. IDSA considers both the caliber of the candidate and their environment when assessing applications.

Nominators should be stakeholders with a sustained, professional relationship with the applicant.  Effective nominators can answer the following:

  • Why is the applicant a good fit for the IDSA Leadership Institute?
  • What are the applicant’s professional ambitions? Are they likely to achieve them?
  • What are the applicant’s training needs?
  • What are the applicant’s professional strengths and weaknesses?
  • What supports and obstacles to receiving training exist in the applicant’s professional environment?

Letters of nomination should be no more than two pages. Nominations must be in the PDF format and uploaded through the application management system.


Recommendation Guidance

Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in multiple competencies. Detailed recommendations help IDSA to identify those candidates well-aligned with the Leadership Institute’s goals. Recommenders should be stakeholders capable of speaking to the following:

  • Communication skills
  • Intellectual ability
  • Leadership skills
  • Motivation

All applicants must secure two recommendations from stakeholders who know the applicant in a professional, academic, or volunteer setting. Personal recommendations are not accepted.

Recommendation forms are completed through the application management system.

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